Pete Mahon got his spell as temporary manager of St Pat's off to a decent start with a 1-1 draw with Cork City at Richmond Park.
Slack St Pat's defending allowed Davin O'Neill in to open the scoring for City on nine minutes.
The Saints drew level on 42 minutes when Greg O'Halloran handled Stuart Byrne's header over the bar and was red carded. Mark Quigley slotted in the subsequent spot kick.
St Pat's improved a lot in the second half but couldn't force a winner against City's ten men.